t h e a t r e
Simon has contributed music for a number of theatre and dance works in Germany, including productions for the Residenztheater (Munich), Schauspiel (Frankfurt), the Schaubühne (Berlin) for a number of productions of Thomas Ostermeier - including Professor Bernhardi, Returning to Reims, Richard III. Most recently he created the sound design and composition for “Der Plan von der Abschaffung des Dunkels” at the Deutsches Theater (Berlin) with director Nora Schlocker
n o s t o s
Nostos (2015) is an 80 minute immersive composition for piano and multi-channel electronics created for the dance performance by Tok'Art of the same name, choreographed by André Mesquita. The production opened the Guidance Festival in Guimares, Portugal, before it toured nationally. The composition was partly supported by The Australia Council for the Arts.
"But, in the left area of the stage, there is the key piece of this creation: the piano, the discreet shadow of Simon James Phillips."
t h e i d e a o f s o u t h
The Idea of South is a performance of live improvised solo piano by Simon James Phillips alongside the Frank Hurley silent film SOUTH (1916), which is a chronicle of Ernest Shackleton’s attempt to cross the Antarctic.
“Although I do not intend to accompany the film as such, I chose to work with SOUTH because I believe that my aesthetic can provide the sense of time, isolation and the struggle (both in internal and external) that the film only hints at.”